Find the nearest Seaside Award in Pembrokeshire
Seaside Award beaches in Pembrokeshire. Unlike the Blue Flag beach award, each country also has its own seaside award to signify a good standard of beach and facilities. The awards evaluate a beach on water quality, information displays, environmental management, safety and services.
Below we list the current Pembrokeshire beaches that hold a Seaside Award.
- Amroth beach is approximately 4km long south-facing beach and mostly sandy with a high water mark pebble bank. Amroth is a small seaside village facing south out into the Bristol Channel on the southern tip of Pembrokeshire and is the southern start of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. The beach is famous for its submerged forest, at very low tides tree stumps can be seen poking through the sand and fossilised antlers, nuts, animal bones and Neolithic flints have been discovered. Car parks are in the village and at the west end of the beach. The beach caters for the disabled with specific parking along the sea-front and the beach is easily accessible via a slipway, also handy for boats. Shops are situated opposite the beach and a choice of restaurants, cafes and public houses nearby.
- Westdale Bay close to the village of Dale with a footpath leading down a steep grassy bank to a sandy beach surrounded by cliffs. There are no facilities at the beach, but the nearby village of Dale offers shops. Parking is limited along the roadside, from where it is a 10 minute walk along the coast path to the beach.
- Broad Haven beach is sand with views across St. Brides Bay and is popular with families. At high tide you have a narrow strip of sandy and pebble beach but as the tide goes out you get a large expanse of sand. If the tide is out you can walk round the southern headland to Little Haven beach but you will need to keep an eye on the tide. At the north end of Broad Haven beach you have a number of interesting geological features including stacks and natural arches. Facilities include car parking, toilets, slipway, summer lifeguards, pubs, a restaurant, tea rooms, cafe, take away and shops that sell and hire out watersports kit.
- The South beach at Tenby is roughly 2km of sand backed by sand dunes, The beach is one long stretch but the northern end is referred to as Castle Beach at St. Catherine’s Island and the southern end is Penally Beach at Giltar Point. The South beach is less commercialised than Tenby’s North beach but still provides an excellent family beach. At low tide you have a massive expanse of beach but even at high tide plenty of beach space exists. Facilities include parking, toilets (disables access), lifeguards in the summer and at the northern end several shops and and hire facilities.
- Little Haven beach is a small cove at high tide but at low tide you can walk round to the bigger Broad Haven Bay. Little Haven itself is an old fishing village which still offers buckets of charm and character. Facilities include a cafe and selection of pubs with parking a short walk back from the beach.
- Abereiddy Bay is a sand/shingle beach, however, at low tide you have fine, dark sand. The beach is popular for boating, surfing, canoeing and is a good spot for fossil hunting. You also have the lagoon which is a favourite for adventure groups, especially with coasteerers and divers. Abereiddy lies within Castell Coch Cliffs and Llanfryn Quarries Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Trwyncastell Cliffs and the Blue Lagoon SSSI and is on the northern coast of St Davids Peninsula. This is a good starting point for a coastal walk with magnificent cliff scenery. Facilities include a car park, toilets and ice-cream van during the summer.
- Broad Haven South beach is a crescent shaped beach with golden sand, popular with families and for surfing and bodyboarding. The beach is known for Church Rock which protrudes from the water and is backed by sand dunes and expansive National Trust woodland and Lily Ponds. Facilities include car park, toilets and if you are lucky an ice-cream van. The nearby village of Bosherston has a country pub and a small cafe.
- Coppet Hall Beach is a small sandy beach with pebbles at high tide located in Saundersfoot Bay between the beaches of Saundersfoot and Wiseman’s Bridge. You can walk to Wiseman Beach through a cliff tunnel. The beach is popular for swimming, windsurfing, sailing and fishing. Facilities include car park and roadside parking, first aid post, cafe, toilets (disabled facilities), shops, slip-way.
- Manorbier Bay beach is a small sandy beach with sand dunes and rock pools, great for families and is popular with surfers, body boarding and walkers stopping off from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. The beach can get very busy on hot days as it is one of the most popular in the area. Manorbier Castle overlooks the bay and on the other side of the valley the 12th century St. James church. Whilst on the eastern headland stands a prehistoric burial chamber known as Kings Quoit. Facilities at the beach include car parking, toilets with disabled access, cafe just up the road from the beach and the village has a shop and pub.